"He was the first guy to say something to me,” Durant said. "He kind of took me under his wing a little bit. I can’t thank him enough for that. It was just fun being around him.”
Durant just didn’t have the courage to take Bryant up on his offer and ask the star guard for advice.
"I was a little nervous,” Durant said. "It was Kobe Bryant, and I was a young rookie. I just couldn’t talk to him.”
EXPECTATIONS FOR ROSE
Thunder forward Malik Rose
doesn’t figure to play many minutes in the team’s final 26 games, but coach Scott Brooks
said he spoke with the power forward Monday morning and told him three things he’s looking for Rose to bring.
"I said I want his leadership on and off the court,” Brooks said. "I want his professionalism, how he approaches the game. And I also want him to communicate with our young guys. Our young guys listen. They want to get better, and they will value Malik’s experiences. He’s seen it, all and it’s important for him to share those experiences with them.